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About A Week: Lorazepam (brand name ativan) is a benzodiazepine used in the short-term treatment of anxiety, insomnia, acute seizures including status epileptics, sedation of hospitalized patients and sedation of aggressive patients. It is a short-acting drug with no active metabolites. It has potential for tolerance and dependence so the fda recommends using only for 2 to 4 weeks. Withdrawal can be dangerous. ...Read more
Dosing varies: That dose can be given safely. However, caution should be exercised by the patient to avoid operating heavy machinery, etc. Following dosing. ...Read more
Not "overdose": First, Lorazepam needs to be prescribed by your physician, who will determine an appropriate dose for you. Second, a 2 mg dose may make someone who's not used to benzodiazepines sleepy or sedated. Depending on the use your physician intends, this may be exactly the result you want. Check with your doctor on this. ...Read more
Yikes!!: Taking too much of a benzodiazepine, such as lorazepam, cabe be very dangerous and even fatal. It's a CNS depressant and taking too much can lead to respiratory depression resulting in stop breathing while asleep. Symptoms of too much include, slurred speech, blurry vision, unsteady gaot, problems walking, lethargy, sedated. ...Read more
Ativan (lorazepam): What is your normal prescribed dose? . If u are alert & calm, u should be ok, but please do tell your prescribing doctor. ...Read more
Lorazepam withdrawal: Tactile hallucinations (not "hulucinations") are common in withdrawal from benzodiazepines such as lorazepam. I've never seen them after a single 2mg dose. If this dose was given in an attempt to taper from ongoing benzo use, though, it may mean the person was using a much higher dose -- and the 2mg dose did not cover withdrawal symptoms. Tactile hallucinations ; other symptoms could result. ...Read more
Was it prescribed: For that purpose? If so, yes, this dose sounds fine. However, it may be rather sedating - so you would need someone to drive you home after the procedure. ...Read more
See your prescriber.: You have to understand why you started to take this medication in the first place in order to successfully quit taking the medication. You will need supervision in decreasing then stopping the medication with the help of your pcp or psychiatrist. Just abruptly stopping the medication can cause intolerable side effects and can be dangerous especially if you have been on it for a long time. ...Read more
Habituation: Your body may become habituated to daily Lorazepam after 30 days. However, this differs from addiction, which includes a behavioral pattern of using and pursuing more and more of the drug -- often to the exclusion of other important life roles. After a month of daily use, it would be wise to taper (rather than suddenly stop) medications like lorazepam. Please discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
Sue them!!!: Just kidding... Lorazepam is a sedative and make people drowsy, sleepy and some times pass out... That's the reason for the warning not to drive or use heavy equipment and dangerous other things... Don't use sedatives again and have a check up to rule out other reasons for passing out... Cardiac, medical and neurological reasons. ...Read more
Ativan (lorazepam): It really depends on what other medications u are taking at the same time, how the 2 mg. Affected you, how often it is prescribed, & what it is prescribed for, as well as your tolerance. By itself, & if prescribed 1 time or as needed, the dose is not that high. ...Read more
Not how Medicine Is: Please re-ask us this question but include your specific symptoms. You are asking for a chapter length answer that is not possible on health tap. ...Read more
I took 3 0.5 mg of lorazapam last thursday. Do you think they will be out of my system by this tuesday?
Yes if you took 3 0.5 mg of Lorazepam taken last Thursday should be out of your system by Tuesday. The usual half live of Lorazepam in a healthy person is about 14 hours. So by Tuesday you should have gone through 8.5 half lives. If you did not take any more Lorazepam than only 0.39% of the original amount should remain. But you should not be taking more lorazepam than you were prescribed ...Read more
Do you believe drugs like lorazapam are being prescribed to readily for something that could be resolved w/o a drug.
If prescribed lorazapam 1 mg how long does it take to feel relaxed and if not doing anything should another mg be taken?
Not long: Typically, Lorazepam will take effect within 15-20 minutes after taking it by mouth. Every patient responds differently and sometimes higher doses are needed. However, high doses of Lorazepam can lead to sedation and intoxication similar to alcohol, so you should speak with your prescribing physician before taking more. ...Read more
What are the likely effects of 2 mgs vs. 2 mgs of lorazapam initial dose - could that be harmful if taken without tritation?
Odd question: Using lorazapam or any other medication should be by prescription, and as your doctor directs. Using more than prescribed could lead to more sedation than is safe. Other medications or substances being used -- and existing medical conditions -- may worsen the danger. Ask your prescribing physician about your particular situation. ...Read more
If diagnosed wrong and prescibed lorazapam and sertriline and taken for 3 weeks and it is something physical instead what may happen?
Wrong diagnosis: As long as you have stopped the medications and nothing happened so far, then you probably are just fine. ...Read more
If I was supposed to take. 25 mgs lorazapam and took 2 mgs by mistake could I have experienced some damage, I did pass out and woke feeling drugged.
You fell asleep: No lasting harm done.Get a more detailed answer ›
If you pass out from lorazapam that can not be good, obviously to big of a dose for person, should there be concern with 2 mgs. What should be done?
Depends.: The reaction from Lorazepam is dose dependent. There are individual responses depending on weight, age and the presence of other factors such as a history of smoking, drinking alcohol and whether anxiety is severe. We usually start from the lowest effective dose and titrate the dose depending on the individual response. ...Read more
Consult doctor: It depends on the clinical situation. Lorazepam is a benzodiazepine medicine that is usually used in adults with anxiety disorder. If your doctor recommends lorazepam, then it's her judgment that it will help, if you're concerned about using it, please discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
NO: Don't substitute any medicine for another without asking your Doctor, the one who prescribed that med for you, he is the best to give you advice. ...Read more
High dose for that: Unless you're extremely anxious -- or are already habituated to Lorazepam at that dose -- 2mg might result in drowsiness and slurring your speech. If you've never used Lorazepam before, a lower dose might be better. I cannot advise you though, since you haven't shared your inner state or any other medications you might be taking. Cbt with a psychologist can help without drugs at all. ...Read more
Not an anesthetic: Lorazepam is not an anesthetic agent, so you would need other medications for a surgical procedure. Some doctors might prescribe Lorazepam for relaxation before the surgical procedure though. All this -- including what are safe or appropriate doses -- would be managed by your anesthesiologist. Options thoroughly discussed with you and weighed beforehand. ...Read more
A stress breakdown: Is a catch all term and not a true diagnosis. The impact of stress can be seen in sleep problems, excessive drinking, drugs, short temper, crying, etc. Your doc has given you a medication to help but seeing a therapist for stress management is also in order. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Ativan (lorazepam): I would not recommend drinking while on sedatives. ...Read more
Lorazepam: Lorazepam can be used in acute seizures; sometimes in symptoms of acute withdrawal from other benzodiazepines or alcohol; high anxiety. Some physicians are liberal with it, yet it's also a habit-forming medication which needs respect and monitoring. If can be temporarily helpful in panic disorder; in catatonic schizophrenia; and in flying phobias. Doses depend on need --. 5mg to 2mg, etc. ...Read more
If lorazapam is used or prescribed wouldn't the patiant have to agree oe sign acknolegement if risks?
Whenever new meds: Are prescribed, the doc shu review the risk, benefits & potential side effects of the med being prescribed, as well as answer any questions the patient has at the time. In accepting the RX, the patient is accepting the medication (which doesn't mean they have to take it, but they should alert their md if they don't plan to.) Signed consent is unusual if Pts are self administering meds. ...Read more